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Rock’n’Roll

Jenny said, when she was just five years old
There was nothing happening at all
Every time she turned on the radio
There was nothin' goin' down at all

Then one mornin', on a Detroit station
Couldn't believe what she heard at all
She started shakin' to that fine fine music
Yeah, her life was saved by rock 'n' roll

Despite all the amputations
You could just dance to that rock 'n' roll station
And it was alright (it's alright)
It was alright (it's alright)
Yeah, it was alright (it's alright)
Alright

Jenny said, when she was just five years old
You know my parents be the death of us all
Two TV sets, two Cadillac cars
You know, they ain't gonna help me at all (not at all)

Then one mornin', on a Detroit station
Can't believe what she hears at all
She started dancin' to that fine fine music
Yeah, her life was saved by rock 'n' roll
 

Despite all the computations
You could just dance
To that rock 'n' roll station
And it was alright (it's alright)
Hey, it was alright (it's alright)
All alright (it's alright)
She said now it's alright (it's alright)

Jenny Jenny, five years old
Nothing going on at all
Every time she turned on the radio
There was just nothing going down at all (not at all)

And then one mornin' on a Detroit station
She could not believe what she heard at all
She started shakin' to that fine fine music
Yeah, her life was saved by rock 'n' roll

Despite all the agitations
She could just dance
To that rock 'n' roll station
And it was alright (it's alright)
Oh baby, it's alright (it's alright)
Oh, it's alright (it's alright)
I tell ya, it's alright (it's alright)
(It's alright)
Oh!
(It's alright)
Turn it up! Turn it up!
(It's alright)
Oh oh yeah!
(It's alright)
Aw yeah
!


Go Man Go

I just got out of jail (go man go)
Stole me a Hellcat (go man go)
Pickin'  up my baby (go man go)
She works at the Gay Bar (go man go)

She knows that I'm the man (go man go)
She  knows that I'm a moron (go man go)
And  I ain't got no plan (go man go)
But that's ok (go man go)
(Go  man go)
She don't care anyway (go man go)

We ride into the night
And everything's all right
I  try to take it slow
But she yells "Go man go"

They call me the Hamtramck Hammer (go man go)
She's just Crazy Jane (go man go)
Don't care about tomorrow (go man go)
And she don't know when to stop (go man go)
(Go man go)
That's when we blew past the cop (go man go)

We ride into the night
And everything's all right
I try to take it slow
But she yells "Go man go"
 

We flew past the cruiser (go man go)
He lit up like a Christmas tree (go man go)
I sure ain't gonna stop (go man go)
She laughs and kisses me (go man go)

We ride into the night
The train comes into sight
Do we make it? I don't know
Should I slam on the brakes
Or step on the gas?
And she says "Go man go"

 


Our Love Will Change The World

We have very little respect for everything
Very little regard for anything
We've got something against so much
And we're only beginning

Our mind's a cynical machine now
That'll never run out of steam
We're all pessimistic creeps, or so it seems
'Cause that's how we're living

Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
Into a strange place that you won't recognize
When you look into its eyes
Our love will change thе world
Our love will change the world
You may not likе it now
But, you'll get used to it anyhow
We don't have near enough time
To even dream of committing a crime
Got no future, got no reason, got no rhyme
'Cause that's all we're given

We'll kill any possibility
Or any illusion of synchronicity
'Cause that's been effective to a certain degree (Oh, ooh)

 


Social Debris

I don't commit, I just collide
I won't submit, I'll just decide
On where to run or where to hide

Their eyes are everywhere
I see them spying there
At my face, at my hair

I won't plug in, to their machine
I hate the sound, I hate that scene
I sure ain't hip, I sure can't hop
I lost the script, I lost the plot

Their spies are everywhere
I feel them hiding there
On my face, in my hair
I just can't cope with all this disease
It's pushing down, down, down
Down on me
Look at me, what you see
Is social debris

You said you'd treat me, but tried to delete me
You think I'm tragic, but I know I'm magic
Your eyes are everywhere
I see you spying there
At my face, at my hair
I just can't cope with all this disease
Pushing down, down, down
Down on me
Look at me, look at me
I'm social debris
I just can't cope with all this disease
Look at me, look at me
Social debris
Look at me, look at me
Social debris
Look at me, look at me
I'm social debris
 


$1000 High Heel Shoes

Sometimes I drive all day, until there's nothing left in my tank
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)
You know I'm breakin' my back, but man I'm sure not breakin' the bank
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)
I hope my ship comes in, but I'm pretty sure that ship done sank
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
I used to draw some cash, but now I just draw a blank
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all (Ooh)
She's dancin' to her own kind of rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and her thousand dollar, high heel shoes

I can't pay my bills, can't even cover all my bets
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)
There's somе guys lookin' for me, who are way past idle thrеats
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)
She's on the line all the time and she's amplifyin' all of my debts
(Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah)
But, there ain't one single moment that I cry or feel regret
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all (Ooh)
She's dancin' to her own kind of rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and her thousand, dollar high heel shoes
It seems my meager bank account's becomin' absolutely obsolete
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
And all my hard-earned money's walkin' round down on her feet
(Shoo doowop, shoo doowop, ooh)

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all (Ooh)
She's dancin' to her own kind of rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and her thousand dollar, high heel shoes
High heel shoes
High heel shoes
Thousand dollar, high heel shoes
 


Hail Mary

Every day, around this time
A little vision of religion comes walkin' by
She kind of motivates, and Lordy what she shakes
Is more than we're prepared to take

Hail Mary, full of Grace
Hail Mary, whatcha doing in this place?
Hail Mary, oh baby, you're divine
Hail Mary, Hail Mary wanna make you mine

We sit and drink and philosophize
Why's the devil doin' business in her angel eyes
We're so high we could fly, when she floats 'round
And the sun finally comes to this God forsaken town!

Hail Mary, full of Grace
Hail Mary, oh, whatcha doing in this place?
Hail Mary, oh baby, you're divine
Hail Mary, Hail Mary gonna make you mine

I'm dumb, but even losers sometimes win
And they say that if she looks your way
She just might let you in

Here she comes and there she goes
We're captured in the rapture of her afterglow
She raises up the flag on the glory pole
She lifts my spirits and my soul
 

Hail Mary, full of Grace
Hail Mary, oh, whatcha doing in this place?
Hail Mary, oh baby, you're so fine
Hail Mary, some day I'm gonna make you mine
Hail Mary

 


Detroit City 2021

Me and Iggy were giggin' with Ziggy and kickin' with the MC5
Ted and Seger were burnin' with the fever
And Suzi Q was sharp as a knife

The kid was in his crib, and Shady wore a bib
And the Posse wasn't even alive
Shock rock, choppin' block, songs to make your heart stop
Shove it into overdrive

Play it loud and fast
Make that guitar blast
Play it like today will be your last

Bleak town, sleak town, freak town
Detroit city
Downtown, Motown, my town
Detroit city

There was a riot ragin' downtown
Tryin' to burn the place down
The skies were glowin' red and gray
But the grass keeps growin' and the money keeps flowin'
And the streets are still smokin' today

Play it loud and fast
'Cause the blues are in the past
Play it like today might be your last
Bleak town, sleak town, freak town
Detroit city
Downtown, Motown, my town
Detroit city

Bleak town, sleak town, freak town
Detroit city
Downtown, Motown, my town
Detroit city

Shake it down, break it down
All around, hallowed ground
Lost and found, homeward bound
The Detroit sound is coming 'round

Lion town roarin' down
Tiger town on the mound
Hockey town, shoot the puck
Take 'em down, don't give a what?
 


Drunk And In Love

I saw you baby, and I pissed my pants
Now I'm shakin' while I'm trying to stand
Come into my cardboard box and out of the storm
You can mend my socks while I keep you warm

Fallin' in love, I'm fallin' in love
Who'da thunk I'd be drunk as a skunk and fallin' in love

You see I've fallen on troubled times
I need some change, some quarters and dimes
To buy some comfort to share with you
Then we won't care about the holes in our shoes

I'm fallin' in love, yes I'm fallin' in love
I confess I'm a mess, who'da guessed I'd be fallin'

All those people go walkin' by
Don't give a damn if we live or die
From Woodward Avenue to old Brush Street
They couldn't care less about you or about me

Fallin' in love, I'm fallin' in love
Who'da known I'd be stoned to the bone and fallin' in love
(Huh, I guess I am)

If I black out and forget your name
You know I won't mind if you do the same
Just call me Ripple and I'll call you Rose
We can cuddle on the sidewalk
Where my buddy froze
I'm fallin' in love, fallin' in love
Who'da thunk I'd be drunk as a skunk and fallin' in love
Oh, feels good
I'm fallin', baby
Just come on over here

 


Independence Dave

I got no shame, I ain't to blame, I got no memory
I got no conscience on my shoulder there to bother me
I'm on a trip without a script, into oblivion
I guess that's just the way I like to play to have some fun
I don't need a toke or have a smoke to try to clear my head
Ain't no use, already loose when I roll out of bed

I got no future, got not past, got no eternity
Don't need to know just gotta go, that's my reality
I'm all alone, I got no phone, I don't communicate
I got no pace, ain't in the race, so I'm never late
Don't need to cook or read a book, don't need to wash or shave
See I am free to be just me, I'm Independence Dave

He's Dave, Independence Dave
He's Dave, Independence Dave
He's Dave, Independence Dave

I got a girl, she's just a pearl from down in St. Clair Shore
But, there's a brother of another knockin' down my door
I got some money from a honey livin' way downtown
And there's this one who's got a gun, that's tryin' to hunt me down

I try to love 'em all, but I ain't no one's slave
'Cause when the rubber hits the road, I'm Independence Dave
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
There's two subpoenas, they're so mean as to suggest that I'm
The major perpetrator of a minor crime
They got my name on their claim, but anyone could see
Since I'm never anywhere, it clearly wasn't me
It's not that I'm so innocent or well-behaved
It's just that I'm the one and only Independence Dave

Woo!
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
Woo!
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
He's Dave, Independence Dave (Whoa)
Woo!

 


I Hate You

I hate you and your stupid bass
What's it like out there in space? (You ought to know)
I hate you and your giant kick
You make me laugh, you make me sick

I hate you and your spinning sticks
Your platform boots and your insane chicks
Your long blonde hair blowing in my face
A platinum God? You're a big disgrace!

I hate you!

I hate you, your spider eyes
A guillotine, oh, big surprise!
I hate your broken pointed nose
Your big fat mouth that you never close

I hate you and that guitar pout
Those tired riffs we all laugh about
Hate your stinkin', pudgy fingers on the neck
You're the King of America, but you're no Jeff Beck!

I hate you!
H-A-T-E Y-O-U
H-A-T-E Y-O-U
Oh, yes I do
We hate you, we hate your sneer
The cigarettes, the smell of beer
The mutton chops, the switchblade knife
Your unapologetic life
But, most of all we're filled with rage
At the empty space you left on stage (What a sid)

H-A-T-E Y-O-U
H-A-T-E Y-O-U
H-A-T-E Y-O-U
H-A-T-E Y-O-U
Hate you

 


Wonderful World

You cheat and steal every day
You're only human, it's okay
Don't bother with morality
It doesn't sound like fun to me

And if the truth gets in the way
"Bend it, twist it," that's what I say

I wanna get in trouble with you
I wanna hit and run with you

I'm gonna be the air you breathe
I'm gonna teach you to deceive

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me
Just like me

This rotten place is just my style
The smell of death just drives me wild
Money's the root and that's for sure
That old disease with no known cure

So much sin, so much pain
So many souls for me to gain
I wanna kiss and tell with you
I wanna go to Hell with you

I'm gonna be the air you breathe
I'm gonna teach you to believe

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me

It could be a wonderful world
If everyone could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If all of you were just like me
Just like me

 


Sister Anne

Sister Anne don't give a damn about evolution
She’s  a liberated woman, she's got her solution
Got  a heart of gold, save a bitch's soul
From goin’ down on Satan's way
She can, I know she can
I  know she can
She's  my Sister Anne

Such truth, such beauty, such purity
She  wears a halo around her head
She got all the Ten Commandments tattooed on her arm
If she died she'd rise up from the dead
She's every man's savior and Mama too
If  you do it she said she'll save hell from you
She can, I know she can
I know she can
She's my Sister Anne

Sister, won’t you tell me where I went so wrong?
I used to say my prayers, baby, all night long
I’d listen to the Gospel ringing in my ears
Come on, Sister Anne, save me from my fears if you can
I know you can
I know you can
'Cause you’re my Sister Anne
Sister, won't you tell me where I went so wrong?
I used to say my prayers, baby, all night long
I'd listen to the Gospel ringing in my ears
Come on, Sister Anne, save me from my fears if you can
I know she can
I know she can
'Cause she’s my Sister Anne
I know she can
She's my Sister Anne
I know she can
'Cause she's my Sister Anne
Yeah, she is

She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne

She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne
She's my Sister Anne

 


Hanging On By A Thread

[Spoken]
Yeah, I know you're struggling right now
We all are - in different ways
It's like a new world that we don't even know
It's hard to sleep, even harder to dream
But look - you've got seven billion brothers and sisters
All in the same boat
So don't panic
Life has a way of surviving and going on and on
We're not fragile, and we sure don't break easy

You know it's so hard to cope
When you're just hoping there's hope
We're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's еdge
But we're not gonna stеp off the ledge, no

[Spoken]
If it could hate, it would hate you
It's a monster, a cold deadly phantom
It hides in the heart and brain, dreadful and merciless
It has no shape or form, its demonic, it has no rules
It will confine you to a dark, lifeless room if you allow it
So, fight back, shine a light on it
And most of all - don't give up
You know that it's right
So we just gotta fight
Yeah, we're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's edge
But we're not gonna step off the ledge, no

We're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's edge
But we're not gonna step off the ledge, no

This is Alice Cooper in Detroit
Let's keep fighting, don't give up
Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255
"

 


Shut Up And Rock

Don't want to hear about your politics
Hear about it every day
Or all the talk about what makes you tick
Don't care anyway
It ain't about your body or your face
Baby, they're way okay!

Just shut up and rock
Oh, shut up and rock
Please, shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock?

Don't want to hear about your yoga class
Or how you spent your day
Don't want to hear about your painful past
I don't care anyway
It ain't about your lips or your perfect hips
Baby, they're a-okay

Just shut up and rock
Oh, shut up and rock
Please, shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock?

Your opinion of the universe
Or the color of your knock-off Gucci purse
I honestly can't tell you which is worse
That shouldn't come as a shock
So, shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock?
You, you, you really ought to just
Shut up and rock!
Shut up and rock!

 

East Side Story

Beneath the bare light bulb above
She gazed into the eyes of love
Bathed in the dirty neon lights
She begged him "Don't go out tonight"

If we work out somehow maybe
We could find a way out baby
And he laughed and said "I got to go"
And she cried "No
Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny Johnny no"

His arms were warm and strong and young
"I promise I won't hurt no one"
"Oh baby when you gonna learn
Them folks uptown got bread to burn

When they see me flash my knife
They'll be fearin' for their life
They won't give me trouble, this I know"
And she cried "No
Oh Johnny Johnny no
Johnny Johnny no"

The night passed like a thousand years
The tenement room had culled her tears
Then came a knock upon the door
Two men she'd never seen before
"Did you know Johnny Brown, miss?
We hate to tell you this but
Has he a relative you know?"
And she cried "No
Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny why'd you go
Johnny Johnny no"
And she cried "No"

 

Don’t Give Up

Yeah, I know you’re struggling right now
We all are - in different ways
It’s like a new world that we don’t even know
It’s hard to sleep…even harder to dream
But look: you’ve got 7 billion brothers and sisters all in the same boat
So don’t panic. Life has a way of surviving and going on and on...
We’re not fragile - and we sure don’t break easy!

You know it’s so hard to cope
When you’re just hoping there’s hope…

We’re all hanging on by a thread
We’re all staring at the razor’s edge
But we’re not going to step off the ledge
No!

Our enemy is a cold, indiscriminate monster
It doesn’t care if you’re old or newborn…it exists to kill
You and I are nothing to it
It has no heart or soul or conscience
Do we fear it? Yeah
Do we cower before it? Hell no
We’re the blood and guts human race…and we win!

You know that it’s right
So we just gotta fight...
Yeah, we’re all hanging on by a thread
We’re all staring at the razor’s edge
But we’re not going to step off the ledge
No!
We’re all hanging on by a thread
We’re all staring at the razor’s edge
But we’re not going to step off the ledge
No!

This is Alice Cooper in Detroit…Let’s keep fighting…Don’t give up!

 

Tracks:

Rock'n'Roll - Velvet Underground song
Go Man Go
Our Love Will Change The World
Social Debris
$1000 High Heel Shoes
Hail Mary
Detroit City 2021
Drunk And In Love
Independence Dave
I Hate You
Wonderful World
Sister Anne
Hanging On By A Thread
Shut Up An Rock
East Side Story
Don’t Give Up


Albuminformation:

Erscheint: 26. Februar 2021 Earmusic (Edel)

Produziert von Bob Ezrin

Vocals - Alice Cooper
Backing Vocals - Bob Ezrin, Carla Camarillo, Tommy Henriksen, Wayne Kramer, Paul Randolph, Calico & Sheryl Cooper
Guitar - Michael Bruce, Steve Hunter, Garret Bielaniec, Joe Bonamassa, Mark Farner, Wayne Kramer, Rick Tedesco,

Bass - Dennis Dunaway, Paul Randolph, Jimmy Lee Sloas
Drums - Neal Smith, Johnny Badanjek
Keyboard - Bob Ezrin, Tommy Denander
 


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